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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 352

    A 'FORTUNE TELLER' SOUP PLATE

    CIRCA 1740-50

    Price Realised  

    A 'FORTUNE TELLER' SOUP PLATE
    CIRCA 1740-50
    Finely decorated en grisaille, sepia and gilt with a gypsy carrying a baby on her back as a seated gentleman holds her palm, accompanied by two youths, a horse and two hounds, within a du Paquier-style border
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) diameter


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    Although clearly taken from a European engraving, the Chinese artist appears to have become confused as to who should be examining whose palm. A very similar plate from the Mottahedeh Collection is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, op. cit., vol.II, pp. 372-3, pl. 365, where the author suggests a print after J. Smith as the source. Also see Hervouët and Bruneau, op. cit., p. 95, fig. 4.41.

    Provenance

    with The Art Exchange, New York